Jose Barron was named New Mexico Military Institute’s Athletic Director on 1 July 2014.
He has been employed at NMMI since the fall of 2003, when he was hired as Athletic Trainer. Eventually, he was given additional duties as an associate director of athletics, while he oversaw the evolution and growth of the sports medicine program.
Prior to NMMI, Barron worked in a number of sports medicine and rehabilitation clinics and spent some time working as an athletic trainer in player development for a professional baseball team.
Barron holds an undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University and a graduate degree from New Mexico Highlands University.
As a joint four-year high school and two-year junior college, the NMMI Athletic Department oversees 24 sanctioned sports teams: eight at the junior college level and 16 at the high school level, as well as the Corps physical training program, and the Health Physical Education and Recreation academic division.
“This place really is a place of extended family,” explained Barron. “Not just in the athletics department, but we also find this around the entire school. We take ownership of our roles and responsibilities and think of it not as just a job, but as serving our cadets - they’re the reason we are here. I feel like in this department we’ve got the right people in the right positions and that we’re clicking on all cylinders. My job is often just to facilitate: consulting with and advising the professionals we’ve already got on staff who are doing the work.”
“It’s all about our cadets,” finished and reiterated Barron. “We are entrusted to running this school as best we can, doing the most with our available resources. We owe them our best, from the newest of the RATs [Recruits At Training] to the regimental commander, all while honoring the legacy of the alumni that came before them.”